With rookie Kristaps Porzingis blowing up, Carmelo Anthony already feels NBA Championships are attainable with the New York Knicks.
New York Knicks (8-6)
Miami Heat (8-4)
NBA, Eastern Conference
American Airlines Arena, Miami, FLA
By Robby Sabo
Remember when Kristaps Porzingis was selected as the No. 4 overall pick back in June by Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks? Of course you do, you booed hysterically.
We also thought Carmelo Anthony wasn’t too enchanted with the pick as well (through various media outlets who’ll remain nameless at this time).
Only 13 games into what could turn out to be an extraordinary career, it now doesn’t matter whether Melo was upset (or not) at the time. He’s jacked about the future.
With Porzingis showing himself capable of big numbers in this, his rookie season, the Knicks are now surging. Tonight, in Miami, they’ll look to capture their fifth straight victory and move to an overall record of 9-6.
Melo spoke about the budding relationship between his co-star on Broadway.
“We’re just building it,’’ Anthony said of their relationship. “I’m here to help him and use my experience and help him get his feet wet, and he’s doing a pretty good job. I don’t want any credit for that. He’s doing a good job on his own. Learning the game and getting a feel for the game. You can see each game he’s getting better,’’ via Marc Berman of the New York Post.
He went as far as to tell the closest people around him this:
“He’s gonna lead this organization long after I’m retired. Hopefully we can hoist one or two [championship trophies] before that happens.’’
This mature, team-playing Carmelo is something that might come as a surprise to some people – especially considering the volume of shots he takes on a nightly basis. But don’t be confused here, Anthony, 31, now understands how difficult like in the NBA can be if you’re riding solo.
That second guy is always needed. Patrick Ewing still wishes he had his true second-guy.
Instead of taking it for granted, Carmelo is relishing this “Big Brother” role he promised to play during the summer.
Let’s hope as Porzingis starts to truly take the team over, Anthony won’t mind.
— NBA (@NBA) November 23, 2015
The Knicks and Heat will tip-off at 7:30 tonight in Miami, and can be seen on MSG Network.
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